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Germany signs Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

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Germany signs Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia

Photo source from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Hanoi

Treaty an important step in strengthening relations between Germany and ASEAN countries.

by Le Diem

Germany formally acceded to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC) on November 2, an important step in strengthening its relations with ASEAN - an increasingly important community with growing regional and universal significance, according to a press release from the German Embassy in Hanoi.

The Treaty embodies the common belief in multilateralism and regional cooperation and in dialogue and the peaceful settlement of conflict on the basis of the common rules of ASEAN and Germany, the press release said.

It stated: "Germany, as the largest member state of the EU, welcomed the invitation by ASEAN to join the growing number of parties to this important Treaty. The country recognizes the resolve to open ASEAN’s regional cooperation to interested and like-minded players from outside the region. Its accession to the TAC complements the ratification by the EU in 2012. It will strive to create synergies and complement each other in its support and cooperation with partners in Southeast Asia.

"Germany entertains traditional and close ties with all member states of ASEAN and is a major partner in trade and investment to many There are numerous partnerships in academic and research institutions, demonstrating its commitment to shared progress in innovation and technology. Its development cooperation is designed to actively support sustainable growth in the region.

"Germany became the first “development partner” of ASEAN, in 2016. It is actively engaged in supporting regional ASEAN initiatives in the fields of sustainability, regional integration, and capacity building. ASEAN is more than a development partner but also a hub of growth, dynamism and civil societies striving for openness, democracy, and the rule of law.

"Germany also sees ASEAN as a security partner of growing importance. Since the beginning of 2019, it has worked closely with Indonesia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Germany is looking forward to the same cooperation with Vietnam, which will be joining the Security Council at the beginning of 2020. Germany recognizes the important contribution of many ASEAN countries in UN peacekeeping operations around the globe. In many crisis-driven countries, soldiers from Germany and ASEAN countries work hand-in-hand. And Germany has just been elected to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, where it will cooperate closely with Indonesia and the Philippines.

"As one of the top trading powers in the world, Germany is naturally focused on regional stability, including rights and freedoms under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas (UNCLOS). It will intensify dialogue with the region, particularly as ASEAN has taken important leadership roles in designing an architecture for a peaceful, connected, and growing Indo-Pacific.

"Acceding to the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation, Germany pledges to be an active, reliant, and supportive partner of ASEAN in its quest to maintain and develop a peaceful and prosperous regional environment. Germany is also ready to share its expertise and experience in a broad range of areas, from security and crisis management to technology and connectivity. Through the role in the EU, Germany pledges to do its part to bring the two regions closer to each other. Both sides are supporting efforts to reopen region-to-region negotiations on a free trade agreement, which would complement existing bilateral FTAs."

Finally, and with a view to the EU presidency in 2020, Germany will do everything to formalize the upgrading of EU-ASEAN relations to the level of a Strategic Partnership, the press release stressed.

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